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President Trump refuses to take solid stance on DREAMer deportation

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, pauses while speaking at the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump refused to take a hard stance either for or against deporting DREAMers in an interview with ABC on Wednesday.

In his first televised interview since entering the White House, Trump discussed a wide range of topics with ABC’s David Muir: Laid out plans for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, repeated false claims of widespread voter fraud and pushed to bring back torture methods.

Trump did not directly answer Muir when asked if DREAMers — the well-known nickname for recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy — would be allowed to stay in the country under his administration.

“I’ll tell you in the next four weeks,” Trump said.

Trump once vowed to repeal the policy, which was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012, on his first day in office, but now he says DREAMers “shouldn’t be worried. They are here illegally. I do have a big heart.”

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during his daily briefing that deportation efforts would first be prioritized toward criminal immigrants.

“That’s where the priority’s going to be, and then we’re going to continue to work through the entire number of folks that are here illegally,” he said at the time.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy — DACA, for short — grants undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children a two-year period of deferred action from deportation, a work permit and allows them to go to school.

The policy does not offer a path to citizenship, however.

As of June 2016, more than 741,000 undocumented immigrants were granted protection under DACA, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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